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Syria regime agrees ‘in principle’ to attend Geneva peace talks

Syria's foreign minister has said his government has agreed to attend multilateral peace talks in Geneva 'in principle.' Walid Muallem said the talks present a 'good opportunity' for a political solution to the conflict. Muallem announced during a press conference while visiting Iraq's capital Baghdad that the Syrian regime had agreed 'in principle to participate in the international conference.' The US and Russia hope to convene it in Geneva next month. 'Since the eruption of the crisis in Syria, we have believed that dialogue among the Syrian people is the solution,' Muallem said, flanked by his Iraqi his counterpart Hoshyar Zebari and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Kim Kardashian brings out fans, Islamists and police in Bahrain

MANAMA (Reuters) - Television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said.

About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation", according to a local newspaper.

Thousands of fans, who had paid up to 500 Bahraini dinars ($1,360) a ticket, broke into hysterical screams as the 32-year-old celebrity launched the Millions of Milkshakes franchise inside the mall.

Witnesses said police dispersed the demonstrators with stun grenades as the inauguration proceeded inside. There were no reports of casualties.

Kardashian stirred controversy even before she arrived in Bahrain from Kuwait, where she opened another store last week.

Hardline Sunni Muslim MPs presented a motion to parliament calling her "an actress with an extremely bad reputation", according to Bahrain's English language Gulf Daily News.

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Children killed in 'massacre' in Syria's Houla

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Lebanese hostages released in Syria

Shia pilgrims abducted in Syria when returning from Iran freed to Turkish authorities

Syrian rebels have released Lebanese hostages kidnapped in northern Syria, an Islamist cleric who brokered their release has said.

"Thanks to God their transfer is complete ... They have been handed to the Turkish authorities," said statement from Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zoaby on Friday.

The office of Lebanese PM Najib Mikati confirmed that the hostages were en route back to Beirut.

"The prime minister received a call from [Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet] Davutoglu [saying] the Lebanese hostages in Syria are well and are on their way to Beirut," an aide to Mikati said.